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Today's Opinions

  • Balancing liberty and security is a never-ending challenge

    Lee Hamilton
    Center for Congress

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Catholic Charities in temporary new home

     

    In early January, the building that houses Catholic Charities suffered extensive damage due to water pipes bursting from the extreme cold that we experienced in our area.

    The resulting damage was severe enough that Catholic Charities had to temporarily relocate.

    Fortunately for us, Lincoln Hills Development Corp. had some office space that was not currently being utilized and agreed to let Catholic Charities move in for a few months.

  • Sidetracked by Siri

     

    Trina Severson

    Feature Writer

    lifestyles@perry countynews.com

     

    A few weeks ago, I was on my way to visit a friend in a neighboring town. It was my first time in the area, so, although his house would have been easy to find off the main highway I was traveling, I punched in the address on my phone’s maps feature and blindly began following its suggested course.

  • Perry Central School filled with special folks

     

    Perry County folks keep telling me that they enjoy reading my letters to the editor, so I’ll try to write when my time permits. I am very busy with my music concerts.

    After reading your interesting account of 1937 flood, my heart really went out to those fine folks in Perry County who had to endure that catastrophic disaster. God bless them.

    I am so happy that the late Edgar Etienne, then superintendent of the Perry Central schools, hired me to teach at Perry Central in the spring of 1965.

  • Company employees sometimes not as smart as 7-year-olds in simple arithmetic

     

    Before going to my mailbox every day, I take a pain pill to avoid an anxiety attack.

    Two major companies in particular hire people who cannot add, subtract or use any modern convenience that will do it for them.

    One bill this month was $30 more than it should have been. The other was $25 more than it should have been.

  • Don’t miss out online

     

    Vince Luecke

    Editor

    editor@perry countynews.com

     

    I’m occasionally asked about the Perry County News’ website, which thousands of people visit every week for news, sports, features and opinion pieces, perhaps even, from time to time, this column.

  • County should support quicker ambulance responses

     

    We don’t have statistics to back us up, but feel it’s safe to say people in general are reluctant to voluntarily pay more taxes.

    If we did have stats, we’re sure we could show that most of the approximately 45 people who assembled in the commissioners room at the county courthouse Jan. 23 were a statistical anomaly. As we reported Jan. 30, all or nearly all of them raised their hands when County Councilman Ron Crawford ask-end at a meeting Jan. 23 how many would support a tax increase to fund ambulance service based at the county garage.

  • Remembering Buddy

    By Dr. Mary Posner
    Guest Columnist

    Buddy Posner, a small dog with a big heart, passed away Jan. 9, 2014. During his brief life of 10 years, he went to my therapy office in Rockport almost every day.  Although he had no formal training as a therapy dog, he intuitively knew when clients needed some extra comfort or just a furry body to pet during times of stress.